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Pacheco State Park, Hollister

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Pacheco State Park is a California State Park to the south of Pacheco Pass in the Diablo Range, located mostly in western Merced County, California but extending into southeastern Santa Clara County and near Hollister in San Benito County. Located 24 miles (39 km) west of Los Banos, California and 20 miles (32 km) east of Gilroy, the park entrance is on Dinosaur Point Road, a short distance from California State Route 152 near Pacheco Pass. The park contains 6,890 acres (2,790 ha), though only the western 2,600 acres (1,100 ha) to the west are open to the public. The eastern two-thirds of the park are closed due to an underdeveloped trail system and safety concerns over the numerous wind turbines that are located in the Gonzaga Wind Farm that occupies the area. In 2018, it was announced that the 1980s-era turbines would be replaced with more efficient models, which would increase power production capacity from the original 16.5 megawatts (MW) to as much as 80 MW.

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  • We went to Pacheco State Park, which is by San Luis Reservoir. Its a good place to see the wildlife such as eagles and sometimes elk. People were also fishing. Its also a good place to hike.  more »
  • This is not a park for families; there is no swimming or boating. This park is all about hiking, biking or horseback riding. There are 28 miles of trails to explore, some with stunning views of...  more »
  • Great and very quiet park! Lots of trails and plenty of peace and quiet. Will come back in the spring for rolling hills full of wildflowers!
  • A great place to go hiking. Beautiful countryside, established trails. Good way to watch the wildlife.

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